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    A little "Reward Treat"?

    So recently, My tiel, Chachi Has been doing some Tricks. He will fly to me, He'll whistle a song i taught him, etc. But i don't really know a small treat he would like. I tried millet, small dried fruit, and peanuts. He doesn't like it. Anyone use something specific as a Reward?

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    Re: A little "Reward Treat"?

    Millet spray and sunflower seeds are the two most common

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    Re: A little "Reward Treat"?

    Praise worked wonders here, nothing was better then a high pitched "good boomer" and he did anything to hear it.
    Fly Free Boomer, we will forever love you.

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    Re: A little "Reward Treat"?

    my dove goes nuts for safflower seeds, but I don't really remember what my old tiels liked... hmm. I agree about the praise thing too, although how well it works goes on a case by case basis, I think.

    I love my doves, Calliope & Calypso <3

    CALLIOPE ("kə-LIE-ə-pee"): from the Ancient Greek Καλλιόπη, meaning "beautiful voice".
    CALYPSO ("kə-LIP-so"): from the Ancient Greek Καλυψω, meaning "she that conceals".

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    Re: A little "Reward Treat"?

    I don't give my birds treats for doing tricks or talking. They love the reaction they get from me. Whenever the birds do something cool, I praise them. That is not just a reward to them. It also strengthens our bond.

    And when I decide to give them a treat, it's simply because I love them and want to give them a nice surprise. That also helps strengthen our bond.

    I don't like the idea of rewarding cool behaviors with a treat. That, in my opinion, make the birds more demanding of the owner. And if they ever do something cool and not get a treat, that sets them up for disappointment.

    In my opinion, rewarding desired behaviors with treats is a negative reinforcement. It burdens the owner in having to have those treats all the time, and sets the birds up for feeling deprived if the owner doesn't have a treat handy.

    All my birds talk - and begin at a very early age. All my birds have some special behaviors which I encourage with enthusiastic attention. They never expect anything of me except friendship. And that is priceless.
    All seven of the flock are 3 years old already! Tubbie and Sweetie are looking forward to their 4th birthday. Pretty good for sparrows!

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